Jul 10, 2011 6:30pm EDT
$800 million in military aid to pakistan. that's about a third of the yearly total. the move is aimed at getting pakistan to do more in the battle against extremists. >>> there's news about a brutal war closer to home tonight. just when it comes mexico's deadly drug war can't get any worse, there was a vicious new wave of violence this weekend not far from the u.s. border. nbc's kevin tibbles has the latest. >> reporter: it has been a weekend of carnage in mexico as vicious fighting between notorious drug cartels has left some 40 people dead. in one grizzly attack, gunmen wielding ak-47 automatic weapons opened fire in a crowded bar where police allege drugs were being sold. 21 people killed when the bar was sprayed with bullets. more than 500 miles away, 11 more bodies shot with high-powered rifles were found in a pile near a water well. in an area terrorized by a gang known as the knight's templars. some victims were blindfolded with their hands bound. the attacks occurred in three places. the nor they shall economic center of monterey also on the outskirts of mexico city, the count
Jul 11, 2011 6:00am EDT
the truth is that al-qaida's hierarchy in afghanistan and pakistan that he's referring to has been severely weakened. we've seen several al-qaida leaders killed over the past ewu months and years. to say al-qaida's hierarchy has been weakened and could possibly be defeated is true. but al-qaida has shifted to yemen, to somalia and also the al-qaida movement. it's become such a global galvanizing movement, brian. you have self-starters here in america, in england who are acting on their own with no direct link to al-qaida so you can defeat al-qaida, yes, but the movement that al-qaida has sparked, the ideology is the real problem here and brian, real quick, this administration when they talk about the war on terror, the war against radical islam, they have tunnel vision! al-qaida is only one element of a much broader enemy, iran, hezbollah and the muslim brotherhood which this administration wants to reach out to. >> which is a little crazy. tell us about this bomb throw, we'll talk about this a little bit later as well. tell about the next move is sewing these explosive devices into people'
Jul 1, 2011 1:00pm EDT
and the kind of structure that we need to support going after al qaeda in pakistan and afghanistan -- that perhaps it is time to shut down $17 billion worth of money going to reconstruction projects when our track record really stings. i hope you all will convince me i am too cynical and angry and frustrated about the way we are spending money in theater. and i want to tell you, i am looking for good news and i hope we hear some today. there are too many people in missouri saying why can we fix this road, and then i look of the projects we are doing in afghanistan and it is very hard to explain to them why we can't fix that the road because we can't afford it -- yet we can throw money away in afghanistan on projects that were clearly not sustainable. and anybody spend any time thinking about it in the first place we would realize that. that kind of planning has to begin happening and that kind of accountability has to be present. senator portman is here. i will give him a time to get settled. we will continue the hearings and continue to provide oversight in this arena. it is a pla
Jul 15, 2011 2:00pm PDT
now for panetta is to keep attacking al qaeda in pakistan, yemen, and somalia. >> now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. as a threat to this country. >> the u.s. has long said it believes al qaeda remains very interested in high-profile attacks and would like nothing better than to bring down a u.s. aircraft. apparently, osama bin laden was even talking about assembling a team of operatives. but of course, those navy s.e.a.l.s killed him in the compound before he could carry out the plan any further. >> general petraeus, i take it is getting ready to leave afghanistan, heading over to the cia? >> very soon. in fact, the change of command ceremony that will turn everything over in afghanistan to marine corps general john allen will take place monday morning in kabul. petraeus will get on a plane, come back to the united states, retire from years of service in the active duty army, and, in fact, in the coming weeks will do exactly that. take over